Burma: Rohingya

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 3rd November 2015.

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Photo of Graham Jones Graham Jones Labour, Hyndburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government considers that Burma's Rohinga minority are subject to genocide.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

It is clear that the Rohingya are being persecuted and denied the most basic rights in Rakhine. Any judgment on whether genocide has occurred is a matter for international judicial decision, rather than for governments or non-judicial bodies.

Our approach is to seek an end to all violations, irrespective of whether they fit the definition of specific international crimes. I and other Government Ministers take every appropriate opportunity, both publicly and in private, to press the Burmese authorities to take urgent steps to address the situation of the Rohingya.

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